12/01/2001

December 2001 - Your IT Operations Guide

Plus: 5 Exchange Virus Checkers; Active Directory Management Tools; 3 SMS Resources; Security in the .NET World


In-Depth

Stop Viruses at the Gate

The newest crop of Exchange antivirus products prevents users from receiving infected mail.


Your IT Operations Guide

Running behind? Too much to do? Worried about the future? Take a breather and consider how to do your job better. This report shares 10 best practices that will put you and your IT staff ahead of the next fire.


A Method for the Madness

Understanding and applying the Microsoft frameworks can help you bring order and meaning to the chaos of technical projects in your organization.


The Human Factor

Anti-virus software can help with only one part of the defense.


The Three Components of Network Management

Before you use MOM, brush up on the basics of enterprise systems monitoring.


Antiviral Scanners

This is Roberta; are you working?


MOM is still Watching You

It takes a powerful server to watch over an entire network. Is Microsoft Operations Manager up to the task?


Book Reviews

A Trio of SMS Resources

Get some help with the most complex of the BackOffice products.


All You Need to Know about Designing a Windows 2000 Network

More than just the information required to pass a single exam.


Quick Look: Complete Communications

The necessary reference for any network.


Quick Look: Cryptography for the Masses

Clear explanations for the security non-expert


Quick Look: Unlock your Exchange Server

Lots of examples help you make use of a wealth of interfaces.


Exam Reviews

Web Workout

Microsoft throws down the gaunlet with this exam, which tests your expertise in Active Directory, IIS, clustering and BackOffice—and that’s just the beginning.


Product Reviews

Environment Watchdog

For keeping an eye on the Server room, the RackBotz 303 has you covered.


McAfee GroupShield 5.0—The CDC for Exchange

The newest crop of Exchange antivirus products prevents users from receiving infected mail.


Create, Tune, and Manage Software Installations for Windows

Help is on the way for the harassed system administrator.


SecuriQ: Everything to Nobody

The newest crop of Exchange antivirus products prevents users from receiving infected mail.


Mail essentials 2000—KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) Incarnate

The newest crop of Exchange antivirus products prevents users from receiving infected mail.


ScanMail 5.1—Your Name's on Everyone's Lips

The newest crop of Exchange antivirus products prevents users from receiving infected mail.


Antigen 6.2: Can I be the Worm Administrator?

The newest crop of Exchange antivirus products prevents users from receiving infected mail.


More Flexible Active Directory Management

ActiveRoles takes the tedium out of AD.


CyberArmor Builds a System for Personal Firewalls

Central configuration and management options make firewalls an enterprise tool.


Drill Down

Rent-A-Server

E-Labs is a good idea, but has significant weaknesses that should make a prospective buyer beware.


Editor's Desk

And Now a Miracle Occurs

Microsoft deserves all the credit for thinking of customers.


Mr. Script

Multilingual Matters

With the introduction of WSH 2.0, the power and flexibility of scripting using a variety of languages is yours.


Professionally Speaking

Taking Control

This month, Steve and Greg offer their thoughts on resumes, experience and the art of marketing yourself.


Security Advisor

Role Playing

When it comes to security in .NET’s Web services world, it’s going to be vital to know how each application plays its part.


Windows Foundation

Windows XP Peer-to-Peer Networking

Windows XP's Peer-to-Peer Networking Wizard allows you to set up a firewall-protected network. This month, we go through the process step by step.


Windows Insider

The Beauty of the MMC

The Microsoft Management Console—with its handy snap-ins—makes Windows 2000 management a breeze.


News

Microsoft to Bump Up Exam Pricing Next Year

Twenty-five percent increase expected to be announced on Friday.


Beta: 70-218, Managing a Win2K Network Environment

MCSA core exam heads into beta testing Dec. 17 to Dec. 21.


NT 4.0 Retirement Reversal Popular with MCSEs

Once an MCSE on Windows NT 4.0, always an MCSE on Windows NT 4.0.


MCSA Gets New Exam

As reported in last month’s issue, Microsoft has announced a new certification that fits snugly between the MCP and MCSE credentials.


Microsoft Retires Windows NT 4.0

The first Microsoft network operating system to gain wide acceptance in the IT industry, Windows NT 4.0, has been officially sent riding off into the sunset.


Gartner IIS Analysis Off-Target, Say Some Experts

Gartner Inc. recommends that organizations start looking at alternatives to IIS; not everyone agrees with that assessment, however.


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